PETE’S NEW BEAT
CRUISY CROONER MURRAY DEBUTS A FRESH SOUND AT GOLD COAST SHOW
Pete Murray is a household name, responsible for massive hits Feeler, So Beautiful and Better Days, selling over a million albums in less than a decade and providing those ironically cruisy beats that are somehow suitable for every situation.
Even though he’s on to a winning musical formula, Pete has released his sixth studio album, Camacho, and it’s got a distinctly different vibe.
“This is my favourite album of mine,” he declares.
“I’ve been listening to a lot more electronica and hip-hop sounds, loops and beats, lots of harmonies. So there’s a bit of electronica, a bit of hip-hop, a bit of motown. “Personally I’m liking it.” You’d have to assume as an artist, picking a favourite song or album would be akin to choosing a favourite child, but Pete has a definitive criteria.
“There are different ways to judge – your own personal tastes, what you think, how you feel when you listen to it,” he says.
“Then you can judge it on its numerical success; how many other people are buying or streaming or downloading.
“Or you can tell by people at your show, how many people are singing along.”
With a sound that differs quite significantly to his original soft, sweet crooner sounds, his die-hard fans might have trouble adjusting.
“They don’t necessarily dislike it or miss the old stuff, sometimes they need to get their head around it,” he says.
“I feel it’ll connect with a younger audience but keep the old fans too.
“The last album was six years ago, so I think it’s only natural that things have changed a bit.
“With streaming now it’s so much easier to consume music and listen to a wide variety of genres and I think that’s what happened with me.
“My ears were opened to all this other music and I liked it, I wanted to be a part of it.”
A Brisbane boy originally, Pete is no stranger to the Gold Coast, partaking in a few shenanigans back in the day. Maybe at this Gold Coast show the memories will come flooding back and larrikin Pete will come out to play.
“There was one time on the Gold Coast, before I got big, I’ll never forget it, it happened during Schoolies,” he says.
“Obviously we were quite drunk and we were going back to our hotel.
“When we got to the elevator, there was about 12 of us and five guys already in there trying to get out but we were like ‘nah come with us we’re having a party’.
“They were stuck anyway, so when the doors closed the elevator went up about three metres then just dropped about 10.
“We had to be rescued by the landlord, he was not happy with us and neither were the guys we trapped. So yeah, free tickets to those guys, I’m deeply sorry for causing you any pain that night.” Pete Murray performs at The Star July 22
Pete Murray will play The Star on July 22, having recently released new album Camacho.